2012 Katanga Express Gulfstream IV crash

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Katanga Express Gulfstream Crash
Gulfstream G-400.jpg
A Gulfstream IV similar to the aircraft involved.
Accident summary
Date 12 February 2012[1]
Summary Under investigation
Site Kavumu Airport, DR Congo
Passengers 7
Crew 2
Fatalities 4 + 2 on ground
Injuries (non-fatal) 5
Survivors 5
Aircraft type Gulfstream IV
Operator Katanga Express
Registration N2SA
Flight origin Lubumbashi-Luano, DR Congo
Destination Kavumu Airport, DR Congo

On 12 February 2012, a Katanga Express Gulfstream IV business jet crashed into a ravine about 20 metres from Kavumu Airport as it was attempting to land. Both pilots and 2 passengers were killed along with 2 farmers on the ground whilst five survivors sustained injuries, including Finance Minister Augustin Matata Ponyo.[2]


After the crash, the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo's decided to suspend the license of Katanga Express while the Congolese and American teams investigate the cause of the crash.[3][4]

The investigation has revealed that the airplane touched down about 1,200 meters past the threshold of the 2,000 meter runway.[5] The 800 meters left for the landing rollout was insufficient to safely land a Gulfstream IV.

Katanga Express was listed as an air carrier banned from the European Union on 4 December 2012,[6] approximately 10 months after the accident.


  1. ^ "Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. 12 February 2012. Retrieved 3 March 2012. 
  2. ^ "Crash de Bukavu : Oscar Gema succombe, Matata Ponyo, Antoine Ghonda et Chissambo hors du danger". digitalcongo.net. 28 February 2012. Retrieved 3 March 2012. 
  3. ^ Mwanamilongo, Saleh (15 February 2012). "Congo suspends 2 airlines after crash". Business Week. Retrieved 7 March 2012. 
  4. ^ "Congo Suspends two Airlines following deadly crash". defenceweb.co.za. 16 February 2012. Retrieved 7 March 2012. 
  5. ^ http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=20120212-0
  6. ^ http://aviation-safety.net/database/operator/airline.php?var=9234

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